Past events

9th September 2015

The Uncertainty Handbook Webinar

Join Dr Adam Corner and Dr Stephan Lewandowsky to learn about and discuss key insights from our new report, “The Uncertainty Handbook: a practical guide for climate change communicators.”

Uncertainty has become an argument for discrediting climate science and for delaying policy responses – but if communicated effectively, it can be a stimulus for action.

The handbook sets out 12 practical principles for smarter communication about climate change uncertainties. It is a collaboration between the Climate Outreach and Information Network (Climate Outreach) and the University of Bristol.


29th July 2015

Communicating about Climate with Faith Groups

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Join George Marshall from Climate Outreach and Reverend Fletcher Harper from GreenFaith as they discuss how we can communicate climate change across multiple faith traditions. They  share key insight from our work with OurVoices, a global multifaith campaign. This project included interviews and focus groups with people from the 5 main world faith groups: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.

This webinar explores effective ways of talking about climate change with people of faith, particularly in the lead-up to the climate talks in Paris at the end of the year. You can preview our findings in our 4 page guide.

Watch the webinar here


26th May 2015

The Point is to Feel it: A Night of Creative Responses to Climate Change – In collaboration with the RSA

Have reason and logic taken us as far as we can go? What will it take to stir us into a new way of being? Watch the record of this very special evening, as the country’s most talented writers and poets perform unique pieces inspired by the greatest global challenge of our time.

 

In the fourth of our series of innovative events on climate change, we abandoned the logic of reasoned argument, and searching for a more emotional and intuitive way in to the problem. The country’s most talented and prolific poets and writers brought the full force of their creative power to provoke us into action.

With contributions from: Alice Oswald, Ruth Padel, George the Poet, Simon Barraclough, John Agard, Grace Nichols, Tom Chivers and Selina Nwulu and an original audio composition from film and arts composer, Sarah Warne.

This event was part of an RSA and Climate Outreach initiative supported by The Climate Change Collaboration. The seven dimensions of climate change project seeks to turn a scientific fact into a social fact by clarifying what it really means to ‘act’ through the complementary and competing perspectives of Science, Behaviour, Technology, Culture, Law, Economy and Democracy.


13th May 2015

George Marshall and George Monbiot : Don’t even Think About It

Despite the overwhelming evidence, the majority of us have become increasingly adept at ignoring or side-lining climate change.

 

Most of us recognise the danger is real and yet we do nothing to stop it. Climate Outreach’s George Marshall, “one of the most eminent thinkers in the world on climate change” (The Guardian) talks to George Monbiot about why we are in denial and what we can do to stop it before it’s too late.

“Don’t Even Think About It is the most important book published on climate change in the past few years” George Monbiot


17th March 2015

New Voices on Climate Change

This event is a part of an RSA and Climate Outreach initiative supported by The Climate Change Collaboration. The seven dimensions of climate change project seeks to turn a scientific fact into a social fact by clarifying what it really means to ‘act’ through the complementary and competing perspectives of Science, Behaviour, Technology, Culture, Law, Economy and Democracy.


As prospective custodians of the planet and decision-makers of the future, Britain’s young people are a vital component of the conversation around climate change. But what do they really think about the issues, how do they relate to the seven dimensions of climate change, and what do they feel are potential ways forward?

Young people from around the country were taking to the Great Room stage to deliver a variety of short, passionate talks on the most pressing problem of our time.


11th March 2015

EU Centre-Right report webinar

In this webinar, George Marshall outlined the key findings of our new report into climate change communication with the European Centre-Right.

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What if we started talking about climate change with centre-right policymakers across Europe in ways that resonate with their values? Most of the language around climate change tends to reflect the values of left-leaning environmentalists. This might explain why in many countries, conservatives are less inclined to support ambitious action on climate change than progressives.

Our new report is the first piece of research to develop language and narratives that can help start a new conversation about climate change with centre-right European policymakers, in particular MEPs. It extends our previous work on engaging centre-right audiences in the UK.

Drawing on academic research, expert interviews and speeches by centre-right MEPs, Climate Outreach outlines 8 core conservative values and identifies 10 frames and 3 narratives that resonate with these values.


11th Feb 2015

Climate Change Question Time

Panellists included: Economist, LSE, Lord Nicholas Stern; climate science expert, UCL, Chris Rapley CBE; barrister and prosecutor in the Ecocide Mock TrialMichael Mansfield QC

Royal Society of Arts, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ.

This was the second in the series of events we are running with the Royal Society of Arts to try and shift climate change from a ‘scientific fact’ to a ‘social fact’. For this event in our brand-new series, we adopted the BBC’s democratic Question Time format. We gathered a panel of expert representatives in each of what we feel are the seven main dimensions of the climate problem: science, behaviour, democracy, law, technology, economy and culture.

 

This event was part of an RSA and Climate Outreach initiative supported by The Climate Change Collaboration. The seven dimensions of climate change project seeks to turn a scientific fact into a social fact by clarifying what it really means to ‘act’ through the complementary and competing perspectives of Science, Behaviour, Technology, Culture, Law, Economy and Democracy.


20th Jan 2015

Seven Serious Jokes About Climate Change

Royal Society of Arts, London

Climate change is no laughing matter, but when all else fails, perhaps it’s time to take humour a bit more seriously?

Humour has long been a powerful tool in the social-change arsenal, but is it powerful enough to help us break through the static on this colossal issue? Is ‘laughing-it-off’ just about evasion, or is it the key to transforming public perspective at scale, in time?

Working alongside BBC comedian and Sunday Assembly founder Pippa Evans, we gathered a group of talented comics to inject fresh life and verve into what is often a technocratic debate.

Marcus Brigstocke, Steve Punt, The Showstoppers, Rob Auton, Jessica Fostekew, Holly Burn and Pappy’s will help us think through how to reimagine the climate challenge, loosely based on RSA’s Seven Dimensions of Climate Change framework.

This event is part of an RSA and Climate Outreach initiative supported by The Climate Change Collaboration. The seven dimensions of climate change project seeks to turn a scientific fact into a social fact by clarifying what it really means to ‘act’ through the complementary and competing perspectives of Science, Behaviour, Technology, Culture, Law, Economy and Democracy.

 

4th November 2014

Climate Outreach co-founder,George Marshall, launches new book, Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change. Introduced by George Monbiot.

Holywell Music Room,Oxford

A sold out audience of 200 people joined a thought-provoking climate conversation examining why, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence, we are so adept at side-lining climate change.

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Saturday 18 October

Flooding forum: Basingstoke. Community workshop exploring flooding and climate change

The Innovation Centre, Basing View, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 4HG

Unprecedented flooding this year affected the lives of hundreds of people in the South of England.
As the clear up operation continues many are asking questions about the future.

  • Will flooding get worse?
  • Is the weather changing?
  • How is climate change connected?
  • How can we be prepared for future floods?
  • How can we be prepared for future floods?

Find out about our previous community flooding events.

 

8th October 2014

Climate Outreach hosted the launch of Naomi Klein’s latest book on Climate Change

As part of Climate Outreach’s ongoing series of climate conversations 800 people packed the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford to listen to Naomi Klein discuss her book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate. The event was brilliantly received, it was introduced by Dame Vivienne Westwood and included some very active discussions.

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June 2014/ July 2014

Taunton and Oxford Witney – Flooding workshops

Unprecedented flooding this year ruined lives for hundreds in the South of England.

As the clear up operation continues many are asking questions about the future.

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  • Will flooding get worse?
  • Is the weather changing?
  • How is climate change connected?
  • How can we be prepared for future floods?

32 community’s members joined in Taunton and Oxford to discuss these issues and learn how climate change is involved and how to talk to others about the risks to our communities.

“An excellent occasion for raising awareness about climate change in the local community”

9th July

Brussels – How the EU can lead on climate change and migration
Time to translate research findings into policies

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This event launched a new study from Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, partly carried out by Alex Randall and Jo Salsbury from Climate Outreach. This report presents a series of policy recommendations on how the EU could reply to the complex phenomenon of climate change and migration.

Event speakers included Koko Warner, Head of the Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability and Adaptation Section at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security, Monika Mayrhofer, Researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and Barbara Lochbihler, Member of the European Parliament.

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January 2014, April 2014,

London / Oxford – Moving Stories launch events

Moving Stories is a project that collects and presents the testimonies of people who move due to climate-linked disasters.

moving storiesThese stories are a powerful and moving exploration of migration and displacement linked to climate change.
Testimonies from ten regions across the world have been compiled from local news reports, academic journals and interviews recorded by civil society groups. The stories show us how complex the movements linked to environmental change are and thus reveals that there is no “typical” migrant. Most importantly these testimonies give a human voice to this complex and controversial issue.

Moving Stories was launched as part of a wider event on migration and climate change organised with the Overseas Development Institute, the Climate Change and Development Knowledge Network and Climate Outreach. More than 220 people attended to these two events.


December 2013 

Online seminars: Migration as climate change adaptation?

Millions of people are already using migration as a way of improving their livelihoods. Increasingly people are using migration as a way of responding to the impacts of climate change. Can and should these existing trends be harnessed as a form of climate change adaptation?

migration as adaptationThe 30 participants looked at the following questions:

  • what might this migration look like?
  • where might it happen?
  • what are the legal and ethical implications?
  • what should civil society, governments and international agencies do?

May 2013

Oxford – George Monbiot’s book launch

To mark the release of George Monbiot’s book “Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding”, Climate Outreach hosted an outstanding evening of enlightening discussions.

monbiot book launch 2Climate Outreach invited the audience to engage in a new and exciting perspective on climate change with one of the world’s leading environmental journalists and pioneers of modern thinking. George Monbiot discussed how, by restoring habitats on land and at sea and bringing back fascinating and enthralling wildlife, we can not only throw destructive processes into reverse, but also radically alter the natural carbon cycle, reducing greenhouse gases in unexpected and remarkable ways.

Coin event – Launch of George Monbiot’s book ‘Feral’ about rewilding and climate change. from Zoe Broughton on Vimeo.